Comcast says 2-gig speeds are rolling out now to ‘millions’
Comcast plans on bringing multi-gig web speeds to 34 cities throughout the US by the top of this 12 months, and can later increase its attain to greater than 50 million households by the top of 2025. According to a press release, the corporate has already began rolling out 2-gig speeds over its broadband community in Colorado Springs, CO; Augusta, GA; Panama City Beach, FL; and Philadelphia, PA.
Customers in these cities can even get to reap the benefits of add speeds that Comcast says are 5 to 10 occasions sooner than what it at present gives. The add speeds seem to max out at 200Mbps, even with the brand new Gigabit x2 plan, however Comcast intends to alter that. It’s launching multi-gig symmetrical speeds subsequent 12 months, which is able to allow multi-gig speeds for each downloads and uploads.
While symmetrical uploads and downloads are anticipated with fiber optic web, cable has lagged behind. But with DOCSIS 4.0, a high-bandwidth broadband customary that permits for as much as 10Gbps downloads and 6Gbps uploads, suppliers like Comcast can allow symmetrical connections over cable. Comcast is at present within the technique of transitioning to the brand new customary and achieved 4Gbps upload and download speeds throughout a take a look at in January.
Even although firms like AT&T, Frontier, Verizon, and Google are increasing their fiber networks, the service remains to be largely restricted to customers positioned in metro areas. Symmetrical speeds on cable networks might be a welcome possibility for these in want of a speedier connection, however who aren’t in areas the place fiber is offered.
For now, prospects positioned in Colorado Springs, Augusta, Panama City Beach, and Philadelphia, gained’t must improve their modem to entry Comcast’s sooner (however not symmetrical) 2-gig speeds. Comcast Cable EVP Elad Nafshi told Fierce Telecom that after Comcast does roll out its symmetrical companies subsequent 12 months, prospects might want to improve their modem.
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